Hockey Canada Network |
News
Oil Kings Set for AMHL Quarter-Finals
TEL.014.12
|
February 27, 2012
|
|

After a week off thanks to their North Division regular season championship, the Alberta Midget Hockey League playoffs begin Thursday night for the Leduc Oil Kings on the road to the 2012 TELUS Cup.

The host team for this year’s National Midget Championship, April 23-29 at the Leduc Recreation Centre, the Oil Kings open the postseason on home ice against the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers, who finished 21 points behind Leduc during the regular season.

But according to Oil Kings head coach Greg Stamler, Leduc’s 24-7-3 record doesn’t mean much once the puck drops on playoff hockey.

“The regular season means nothing now,” Stamler told the Leduc Representative last week. “Now it’s the playoffs and the intensity is going to increase by 20-30 per cent.”

While the offence was pedestrian for the Oil Kings – their 122 goals scored were only ninth best in the AMHL – it was the defence that carried the team to first place; Leduc was one of just three teams to allow less than 100 goals (86, third fewest) and netminders Brett Zarowny and Kevin Verhoeff both finished in the top 10 in goals against average.

Zarowny, who was selected to start for the North Division in the AMHL All-Star Game, posted the second-best GAA at 2.05, while also finishing second in the league in wins (13) and save percentage (.924) and first in shutouts (five).

“Goaltending wins series,” Stamler told the Representative. “We’ve got a couple guys who played good this year and we’re going to need them to step it up in the playoffs.”

On the offensive side of the puck, Hayden Dawes was Leduc’s leader with 40 points (24 goals, 16 assists), although that total was good for only 13th in the AMHL. Overall, the Oil Kings had just two players in the top 40 of league scoring; in addition to Dawes, Kord Pankewicz (15-22-37) finished 20th.

The series against Fort Saskatchewan is just the first step towards what the Oil Kings hope will be a long playoff run, repeating the effort of the last Alberta team to host the TELUS Cup – in 2007, Red Deer won the AMHL and Pacific Region championships en route to a silver medal at the national championship.

“We’re not even thinking about the TELUS Cup,” said Stamler. “We’re thinking about winning our league and we want to go through the front door, not the back.”

  • AMHL QUARTER-FINAL
  • Leduc Oil Kings vs. Fort Saskatchewan Rangers
  • Game 1 – Thursday, March 1 – Fort Saskatchewan @ Leduc
  • Game 2 – Saturday, March 3 – Leduc @ Fort Saskatchewan
  • Game 3 – Monday, March 5 – Fort Saskatchewan @ Leduc
  • *Game 4 – Wednesday, March 7 – Leduc @ Fort Saskatchewan
  • *Game 5 – Friday, March 9 – Fort Saskatchewan @ Leduc

* if necessary

Follow along with the AMHL playoffs at www.amhl.ca, and follow the nation-wide Road to the TELUS Cup at www.hockeycanada.ca/teluscup.


For more information:

André Brin
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557
abrin@hockeycanada.ca

Francis Dupont
Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4564
fdupont@hockeycanada.ca

Jason LaRose
Manager, Content Services
Hockey Canada
403-777-4553
jlarose@hockeycanada.ca

Kristen Lipscombe
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427
klipscombe@hockeycanada.ca

Keegan Goodrich
Coordinator, Media
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
kgoodrich@hockeycanada.ca

facebook.com/hockeycanada

twitter.com/hockeycanada

youtube.com/hockeycanadavideos

Videos
Photos
2014 TELUS Cup: HFX 5 - OKA 4
Apr 24, 2014
Halifax scored four times in the third period to stun Okanagan.
2014 Esso Cup: SUD 6 - FRA 3
Apr 24, 2014
A trio of Lady Wolves scores two goals each to lead Sudbury over Fraser Valley.
2014 WU18C: CAN 3 - SUI 2
Apr 24, 2014
Konecny’s late goal sends Canada to the semifinals in Lappeenranta.
2014 Esso Cup: EDM 4 – STC 3 (OT)
Apr 24, 2014
Alexandra Poznikoff scored 4:21 into overtime to win it for the Thunder.
2014 TELUS Cup: PA 2 - MJ 1
Apr 24, 2014
Michasiw’s 30-save shutout led the Mintos to the semifinals.
2014 Esso Cup: WEY 3 - MON 2
Apr 24, 2014
Weyburn wrapped up its preliminary games with its fourth win of the Esso Cup.
2014 TELUS Cup: TOR 3 - CHA 1
Apr 24, 2014
Harland had the winner to help the Young Nationals to the victory.
2014 Esso Cup: SUD 3 - EDM 2
Apr 23, 2014
A pair of power play goals in the second led Sudbury to its third win.
2014 Esso Cup: FRA 7 – MON 2
Apr 23, 2014
The Phantom fired 50 shots on net in picking up its first win of the Esso Cup.
2014 TELUS Cup: OKA 1 - PA 1
Apr 23, 2014
Kjargaard and Bryshun traded goals in yet another tie game.
2014 TELUS Cup: TOR 4 - MJ 2
Apr 23, 2014
Marco Bozzo’s hat trick helped the Young Nationals to another win.
2014 Esso Cup: STC 3 - WEY 2
Apr 23, 2014
The Sabres scored three in the first and hung on to defeat the Gold Wings.
Schedule
Close
Credit  
Close
Photo Credit: